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Articles from the April 9, 2022 edition

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  • Russian Soldiers Who Looted in Ukraine Outed on Social Media

    David Ganezer, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2022

    Ukrainians have begun to post photos of Russian soldiers engaged in looting. Social media posts taken from security cameras and from other social media, such as Instagram, have been posted to twitter. One of them concerns a soldier named Kovalenko Evgeny Evgenyevich. The post alleges that he sent home packages weighing a total of 1,000 lbs to his wife. It says: "A thread about a most greedy Rashist marauder! Meet officer 🇷🇺 Kovalenko Evgeny Evgenyevich. He took out almost half a ton of prope...

  • Countdown: 3, 2, 1: This Female Inmate is Close To Release

    Amber S. Jackson, Lucky Lifer|Apr 9, 2022

    It's hard to believe. This is almost over! My prison stay is almost over. By God's grace. I'll be 38 in a few days. ( Feb. 18th ) It's nothing to celebrate. But my life is about to change! I'll be free very soon. I'll be able to light up a Newport and go to an N.A. meeting in the real world for a change! I'm bracing to the culture shock I'm sure to feel. I'm also preparing for things to not be perfect simply because I'm out of prison. The job market is hot at the moment. I hope to take...

  • California's 8th Graders Can Only Do Math at a 5th Grade Level According to Standardized Tests

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 9, 2022

    April 6, 2022 - A new analysis of state standardized testing reveals that the 2021 math scores of California's eighth graders were on the level expected of fifth graders. According to the analysis by David Wakelyn, founder of Union Square Learning, published in Edsource Commentary, the drop in test scores began even before the pandemic, starting in third grade when the tests were first given. Rick Miller, CEO of the CORE Districts, a multidistrict data and improvement collaborative, said the ana...

  • Santa Monica City Worker Attacked By Homeless Man on Third Street Promenade

    Alyssa Erdley, Observer Staff|Apr 9, 2022

    April 5, 2022 - This morning Santa Monica Police arrested and detained a homeless man who attacked a city maintenance worker on the Third Street Promenade. A witness says a homeless male confronted a long-time city employee, Jose, who was driving the street cleaning service truck. He physically attacked Jose, who later claimed to be unhurt. Police arrived and were able to detain the attacker. He was handcuffed and driven away. Since no serious bodily harm occurred in the assault, it is unlikely...

  • Will Social Security Go Bankrupt?

    Rusty Gleer, Association of Mature American Citizens|Apr 9, 2022

    Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Early Due to Social Security's Financial Condition? Dear Rusty: I plan on retiring at 62, one year from now. I have been coached to (if financially possible) leave my Social Security earnings for my wife to collect in the future if I die, considering that she was a homemaker for the majority of her income earning years. My instinct is to get Social Security coming (I understand I'm settling for a lesser amount at age 62) as soon as possible considering the forecast o...

  • Deaths of Two Young Women Ruled Homicides After Toxicology Report From LA County Coroner

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Apr 9, 2022

    The deaths of an aspiring actress and her architect friend have been ruled homicides, says the LA County Coroner's office. This result was not too surprising, given that David Pearce has been charged with murder after the two were dumped outside local hospitals. Christy Giles, 24, and Hilda Marcela Cabrales-Arzola, 26, both died of “multiple drug intoxication,” says the Los Angeles County Clinical Examiner-Coroner. Marcela Cabrales-Arzola also suffered numerous organ failures. The two young wom...

  • News Not Fit to Print?

    Jill Chapin, Special to the Observer|Apr 9, 2022

    I read an article in the Observer with the headline stating that 80% of covid deaths in a one-week period in Los Angeles County in March were among the vaccinated. Although this was astonishing enough, what caught my attention even more was that the statement was allowed to even see the light of day. I've been searching everywhere and have seen no counterpoint in any media related to questioning the safety and efficacy of the covid vaccine. I wanted to first verify the numbers, needing to...